Feeds

Jackson mass mailer adds to attack onslaught

More zombies than the Thriller video

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Miscreants have created a Michael Jackson mass-mailing worm.

The malware, which follows a growing list of other hacking attacks in the wake of the superstar's death last week, claims to offer secret songs and photos of Jackson in an attached zip file. In reality, the emails (which claim to come from sarah@michaeljackson.com) offer only malicious code.

Prospective marks duped into opening the infected attachment on Windows machines get infected while further spreading the worm. The malware is also capable of spreading via USB memory sticks. More on the threat can be found in a blog posting by Sophos (here) and Symantec (here).

The mass mailing worm - identified by Symantec as Ackantta-F - spreads in messages that typically bear the subject line "Remembering Michael Jackson."

Ackantta is far from the only item of malware trying to ride on the coat-tails of Michael Jackson's death.

For example, an executable file posted on counterfeit photo-sharing sites was detected by F-Secure last week. The malware tried to established a backdoor on compromised Windows PCs, as explained here.

Separately, a domain loaded with exploit code - supposedly touting Jackson death conspiracy theories - is actually just an outlet for an exploit tool, Sunbelt Software warns. The malicious domain is being promoted via an enthusiastic spamming campaign. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.